It was THE big surprise of 25 years of Pokémon, announced by The Pokémon Company on February 27, 2021. Pokémon Legends: Arceus promises to be simply revolutionary and offers a new approach to the series, both more beautiful, more mature, open and dreamlike. So what does Game Freak have in store for us in this new installment of the main series with its furiously polished graphics? In any case, this completely new opus promises to be very interesting in more ways than one! Pokemon-France.com deciphers this very ambitious new title for you.
A legendary journey through feudal Sinnoh
Back to the past … While Game Freak doesn’t give an exact time period, Pokémon Legends: Arceus is located in the Sinnoh region of yesteryear. It is therefore in the region of Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl that the story of this new opus will unfold. Those days are long gone, feudal Japan recalls, and at that time the very concepts of Trainer and Pokémon League did not yet exist.
In 500 years, maybe, in this location, an arena or a Pokémon center?
In the meantime, vast wilderness to explore!
The Sinnoh region therefore plays a very important role, since the wild Pokémon that we encounter will be native to this region. But, we are promised, this one will be very different from the one visited in Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl, and especially made up of a vast wilderness!
But will this open world be completely empty? Not really: the game starts in a village animated by the comings and goings of the inhabitants, but the Pokémon themselves, live in total freedom in the region, and roam the seas and mountains.
Another important component is Arceus. The mythical Pokémon Alpha holds the key to the story, and it is said to be behind the creation of this world. It is not yet known what role Arceus will play in the adventure, but it seems certain that we will be able to meet him.
Graphics worthy of a “Pokémon of The Wild”!
“Pokémon of the Wild”
What strikes most about this announcement is the unique art direction that Pokémon Legends: Arceus offers. Recalling the magnificent The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a huge success for Nintendo Switch, it even seems to be openly inspired by it, with plans paying homage to the mythical Plain of Hyrule.
Many have therefore already ventured to describe this new title as a “Breath of the Wild Pokémon”.
Technically speaking, the graphics are halfway between realistic and cell-shading, in a much more elaborate style than Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, which appear graphically dated on the side.
It is enough to see the care given to the effects of lights, shadows, the sky as well as the trees (it is important, it seems!), To understand that Game Freak has worked well and improved its technical mastery of 3D engines. .
However, the current Nintendo Switch seems technically very limited to run the game in a solid frame rate, and seems to be spitting its lungs because the game is so resource-intensive with its Open World facet.
What if Nintendo took the opportunity to launch its “Switch Pro”?
It is for this reason that many imagine that Nintendo could take the opportunity to release a Nintendo Switch “Pro”, with a more powerful processor, and allowing to enjoy in 4K improved graphics of Nintendo Switch games. This has been rumored for many months now, and could arrive at the end of 2021, or even… beginning of 2022!
Pokémon Legends: Arceus could therefore be the headline launching title for this new Nintendo console, alongside The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2, which players are also waiting for.
Especially since the release of Pokémon Legends: Arceus, announced in early 2022, would correspond to a potential launch period. The Nintendo Switch was released in early March 2017, just before the end of the new fiscal year for Nintendo.
Concept art of a Nintendo Switch “Pro”, with a Wireless Dock
A “Canon” universe from the main Pokémon series
We actually know relatively little about the world of Pokémon Legends: Arceus, but a few elements of the storyline have already leaked out!
First, you can start the adventure with one of the three non-Sinnoh starters, alongside a Pokémon Professor who met them during his numerous searches around the world. No doubt a distant ancestor of Professor Chen or even the Honorable Professor Sorbier.
It is therefore between Brindibou (Alola), Héricendre (Johto) and Moustillon (Unys) that you will have to choose from the start, and you will have noticed that these Pokémon still respond to the traditional Plant-Fire-Water triptych. The table of types should therefore be respected, ancient world or not!